American Airlines to launch New York-Haneda flights
American Airlines yesterday announced it will be the first US airline to launch service between the continental United States and Tokyo’s Haneda airport since the United States and Japan signed an Open Skies Agreement in October 2010. American will also be the first airline to fly between New York and Tokyo’s Haneda in more than 30 years. American will begin its service on Friday 18 February from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, and from Haneda on 20 Febraury.
In addition to its new service to Haneda, American will continue to provide service to Tokyo’s Narita Airport from New York-JFK, Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth.
The move follows American announcing that it plans to add 31 flights on 13 new routes from New York, including some new international routes, and investing US$30 million in its JFK and LaGuardia terminals.
Japan Airlines (JAL) will codeshare on American’s New York-Haneda flight. Together, the two airlines will offer three daily round-trip flights between New York and Tokyo. In addition, JAL offers service to Narita from Los Angeles, Chicago and Honolulu and to Haneda from San Francisco and Honolulu. American markets and codeshares on these JAL flights.
“New York and Tokyo are the economic engines of the US and Japan, and the principal network gateways of American and Japan Airlines,” said Virasb Vahidi, American’s Chief Commercial Officer. “Open Skies between the U.S. and Japan will stimulate both national economies, enable us to bring more service benefits to our customers, and promote cross-cultural exchanges. American and Japan Airlines are key partners in realising this strategy, and we are focused on delivering these benefits as quickly as possible.”
“New York-Tokyo travelers have a number of flights to choose from: this new JFK-Haneda flight of American Airlines, in addition to conventional flights to and from Narita,” said Mamoru Shinohara, Acting Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in New York. “This JFK-Haneda flight, together with the overall closer cooperation between American and Japan Airlines, will surely benefit both countries by encouraging travel and trade and promoting the sharing of ideas.”
Shuichi Kameyama, Executive Director, New York Office, of the Japan National Tourism Organization, said; “We are excited about American Airlines nonstop flight to Haneda from JFK. The proximity of Haneda to downtown Tokyo will make it all the more inviting for Americans to visit our fascinating city for business and leisure travel, and to experience its many attractions, including the finest in culture, food, sports and entertainment.”
American’s new JFK-Haneda service will operate daily using a Boeing 777 with 247 seats – 16 in First Class, 37 in Business Class, and 194 in Economy Class.